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About Roger Simon

Roger Simon is the chief political columnist of politico.com, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author.

He has won more than three dozen first-place awards and is the only person to win twice the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary. He has also been a runner-up for the award.

Also, he has won the National Headliner Award three times, including in 2005, for his coverage of the 2004 presidential election. His work has been included in the "Best Newspaper Writing in America" in three different years.

In reviewing a collection of his work titled Simon Says: The Best of Roger Simon (Contemporary Books), Martha Jablow of the New York Times compared him to H.L. Mencken and Russell Baker. The book, published in both hardcover and paperback, has been translated into Japanese.

His first book on presidential politics titled Road Show was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and received rave reviews from the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek and Time.

His book on the Clinton administration and national politics titled Show Time was published by Times Books/Random House and hit the New York Times best-seller list on March 29, 1998. His book on the 2000 presidential race, Divided We Stand, was published by Crown Publishers/Random House in 2002. The Boston Globe said, "Simon is known for his droll humor and bracingly pithy distillations of complex issues."

The Associated Press has called his work "sensitive, relevant and written with understated elegance."

Simon's column, syndicated for 25 years, is distributed by Creators Syndicate to newspapers throughout the world.

Simon has been on numerous television and radio programs including Meet the Press, the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, the Charlie Rose Show and Reliable Sources. Simon was also a regular weekly panelist on CNN’s Lou Dobbs.

Based in Washington, D.C., Simon contributes articles to national magazines ranging from The New Republic to the New York Times Book Review and speaks nationally. His work has also appeared in Slate, The Washington Post and the Washington Monthly.

Simon was a staff columnist at The Baltimore Sun from 1984 to 1995, and first gained renown as an investigative reporter and columnist during his 12 years at the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 1998, he became the White House correspondent of the Chicago Tribune and covered the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

In 1999, he joined U.S. News & World Report as chief political correspondent and then political editor.

Simon is a three-time winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, a three-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club, an eight-time recipient of the Page One Award from the Chicago Newspaper Guild and also was the first non-black journalist to win a national writing award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

Simon has also won five United Press International Awards and four Associated Press Awards. He has won three Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards, a Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association Award and is a three-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland Professional Chapter Award.

He is a two-time winner of the Washington Monthly Journalism Award for political reporting.

When he won second place in the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award competition, the judges cited his "extraordinary ability to capture the story in terms of ordinary people."

In 1995, Simon won first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chesapeake Associated Press.

In 2005, he won the National Headliner Award for magazine writing for his coverage of the 2004 presidential election. In 2004, he won the Washington Headliner Award for magazine writing.

He joined Bloomberg News in January 2006 as its first chief political correspondent.
Simon was born in Chicago, and has a B.A. degree in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has also worked for the Waukegan (Ill.) News-Sun and the City News Bureau of Chicago.

In April 1999, Simon was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, whose members include Carl Sandburg, Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner and Mike Royko.

Simon has been a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University, a Hoover Media Fellow at Stanford University, and in the spring of 2005 was a Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University.